Bill Text: NY A08792 | 2017-2018 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Directs the state board of elections to study and evaluate the use of blockchain technology to protect voter records and election results.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-11-27 - referred to election law [A08792 Detail]

Download: New_York-2017-A08792-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
                                          8792
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    November 27, 2017
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by M. of A. VANEL -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Election Law
        AN ACT directing the study  of  the  use  of  blockchain  technology  to
          protect voter records and election results
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. a. The state board of elections, in consultation with,  and
     2  using  data collected by, the office of information technology services,
     3  shall study and evaluate the use of  blockchain  technology  to  protect
     4  voter records and election results.
     5    b.  For  purposes  of  this  act,  "blockchain  technology" shall mean
     6  distributed ledger technology that uses  a  distributed,  decentralized,
     7  shared  and  replicated  ledger, which may be public or private, permis-
     8  sioned or permissionless, or driven by  tokenized  crypto  economics  or
     9  tokenless.  The  data  on  the ledger is protected with cryptography, is
    10  immutable and auditable and provides an uncensored truth.
    11    § 2. No later than one year after the effective date of this act,  the
    12  state  board  of elections shall submit to the governor and the legisla-
    13  ture a report on the use of blockchain technology,  as  described  under
    14  subdivision  a of section one of this act. Such board shall consider the
    15  use of blockchain technology in other formats and in other  states  when
    16  creating such report.
    17    §  3.  The  state board of elections shall evaluate such data with the
    18  assistance of experts in:
    19    a. blockchain technology;
    20    b. voter fraud;
    21    c. cyber security;
    22    d. voter records; and
    23    e. election results.
    24    § 4. This act shall take effect immediately.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD13757-01-7
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